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Cristiano Ronaldo's Younger Years As A Poor Boy That Are Still Unknown To The World 

Just like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo is also a well-respected football player. In 2008, the Real Madrid and Portugal National Team player scored the FIFA World Player of the Year award, along with the prestigious Ballon d'Or. By 2014, he had won the Ballon d'Or three times.

However, life wasn't always great for Ronaldo. In fact, he was just a poor boy back then. Read on!

Cristiano Ronaldo's Younger Years As A Poor Boy That Are Still Unknown To The World 

Cristiano Ronaldo's Younger Years As A Poor Boy That Are Still Unknown To The World 

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Cristiano Ronaldo was born on February 5, 1985.

Cristiano Ronaldo was born on February 5, 1985.

He had three siblings, and he was the youngest among all of the children. Sadly, his family was incredibly poor.

When he was young, Ronaldo was already showing interest in football.

When he was young, Ronaldo was already showing interest in football.

Ronaldo's parents realized that the only way for him to achieve success would be by being great in football.

The parents were worried because Cristiano Ronaldo was considered as a problem child.

The parents were worried because Cristiano Ronaldo was considered as a problem child.

By playing football, the boy had the chance actually to focus on something and celebrate the victory.

His family lived in a small shack that had a great view of the ocean.

His family lived in a small shack that had a great view of the ocean.

Ronaldo's mother served as a cleaner and a cook while his father tended the gardens of other people.

In 2005, Ronaldo's father passed away due to kidney failure.

In 2005, Ronaldo's father passed away due to kidney failure.

This was caused by his regular alcoholism activity. Cristiano Ronaldo actually recommended his father to get to rehab several times, but he rejected those suggestions.

Still, his father greatly influenced him.

Still, his father greatly influenced him.

When he was just 10 years old, Cristiano Ronaldo became part of the Andorinha football team. Since his father served the team as a kit man, he was able to join them.

As years went by, he started breaking records.

As years went by, he started breaking records.

In just one season, Cristiano Ronaldo managed to progress through five different divisions at Sporting. When he had his first senior game, he managed to have two goals.

When he was 15 years old, he was diagnosed with the 'racing heart' condition.

When he was 15 years old, he was diagnosed with the 'racing heart' condition.

This could have easily ended his football career. Thankfully, sporting helped him have surgery.

Once he entered the age of 17, popular European clubs were already offering him memberships.

Once he entered the age of 17, popular European clubs were already offering him memberships.

Teams such as Liverpool, FC Barcelona, and Wenger were interested in him. After some time, Manchester United's team also began to approach Ronaldo to join their team. Soon, Manchester was able to get Ronaldo for a staggering 12 million pounds.

Of course, the rest is history.

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